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Amdec to develop five new hotels in South Africa for Marriott International

James Wilson, Amdec CEO.
James Wilson, CEO of Amdec.

Amdec Group today confirmed it is developing a total of five hotel properties for the world’s leading hotel company, Marriott International. All five of these properties will be firsts for Marriott brands in the country.

Amdec is injecting a massive R3bn into the development of these properties as a result of its growing partnership with Marriott International. This investment comes with welcome economic and employment benefits, during construction and long afterwards.

Commenting on the announcement, James Wilson, Amdec CEO says: “We are proud to pave the way for Marriott International’s growth plans in Africa and help to open up new markets for this leading hotel company and its many loyal guests from around the globe. At the same time we are thrilled to develop property assets that create even more reasons to visit South Africa and see the cities they are located in. It is exciting to be part of creating new dimensions to hospitality and tourism in the country and, by doing so, provide more opportunities for visitors and locals alike.”

The hotel developments are in response to increasing visitors’ numbers to the two major South African cities. Their development is expected to create around 8,000 building related jobs while under construction and over 700 new sustainable hospitality jobs will be created on completion – 470 in three new Cape Town hotels and 320 in the two Johannesburg hotels.

The new hotels in Johannesburg will be the first two Marriott-branded properties in South Africa – the signature brand Johannesburg Marriott Hotel® Melrose Arch and the Marriott Executive Apartments® Johannesburg Melrose Arch.

Both the hotel and executive serviced apartment projects are part of Amdec’s latest phase of the iconic Melrose Arch mixed-use precinct, the striking One on Whiteley which also includes a health club and luxury motor retail, and exclusive residential apartments. The Johannesburg Marriott Hotel Melrose Arch will offer 150 rooms and the Marriott Executive Apartments Johannesburg Melrose Arch will have 200 apartments. They are set to welcome guests at the celebrated live, work, play and stay Melrose Arch precinct in 2018.

The three new hotels in the mother city include the first Marriott Hotel in Cape Town; the second hotel will be under the upscale extended stay brand, Residence Inn by Marriott®, the first in South Africa; and the third hotel will be under the upper-moderate tier lifestyle brand, AC Hotels by Marriott®, which is the first hotel under this brand for the Middle East & Africa (MEA) region.

Amdec’s latest mixed-use development – Harbour Arch – is to be constructed in the bourgeoning Culemborg node of Cape Town, and will become the site of the 200-room Cape Town Marriott Hotel Foreshore and the 150-room Residence Inn by Marriott Cape Town Foreshore. Harbour Arch will be a new 200 000m2 mixed use development modelled on the iconic award-winning Melrose Arch mixed use precinct in Johannesburg. On completion, it will comprise seven individual blocks located along a landscaped pedestrian walkway running the entire length of the precinct and will offer a sumptuous blend of retail, commercial, residential, hotels, restaurants and coffee shops, gyms and health clubs, banking, entertainment, and much more. It is expected to open in 2019.

The 189-room modern, design-led AC Hotel Cape Town Waterfront will welcome guests at The Yacht Club, a unique mixed-use landmark by Amdec which recently began construction. The Yacht Club is within the Roggebaai Canal Tourism Precinct, named after the Roggebaai Canal which runs through it. It is linked to an outstanding variety of world-class tourist, business, transport, retail and recreation facilities, all within its immediate vicinity. It is superbly located at the magnificent gateway to Cape Town’s waterfront and a short walk from the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).

The Yacht Club also includes exclusive residential apartments and prime grade offices. The AC Hotel Cape Town Waterfront at The Yacht Club will be ready to greet guests from June 2018.

The growing relationship between Amdec and Marriott International is built on its ongoing partnership originally established through the Protea Hotels by Marriott® two existing hotels at Melrose Arch, African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel and Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! by Marriott Melrose Arch.